University of Washington School of Law
Juris Doctor (2003)
B.A. Sociology, summa cum laude (2000)
Washington State Bar Association (2003)
Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington (2003)
Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Washington (2003)
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (2004)
Tulalip Tribal Court (2002)
AWARDS AND HONORS
Rising Star (2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Seattle Met Magazine
Top Woman Attorney (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Award of Merit (2005)
Sapphire Legal, PLLC
Attorney/Managing Member (2017 - Present)
Bullivant Houser Bailey PC
Anderson Hunter Law Firm, P.S.
Groff Murphy, PLLC
Snohomish County Legal Services
Board Member/Secretary (2010-2015)
Housing Justice Project
Volunteer Attorney (2009-2014)
Everett Public Schools
Budgetary Committee Member (2014)
Jackson High School Mock Trial Team
Washington State Bar Association
Professionalism Committee Member (2007-2009)
NEWS, ARTICLES, AND PRESENTATIONS
Economic Distress: Foreclosure, Bankruptcy, Collection
Snohomish County Bar Association Author/Presenter (2014)
Environmental Litigation: Law and Strategy
American Bar Association
Religious Discrimination at the Best Western? Seattle Weekly
Representation of Employer (Sept. 3, 2008)
Emerging Construction Law Issues in WA Indian Country
Indian Law Newsletter, Volume 15
Author (June 2007)
Attention Tribal Employers! Do your ERISA Benefit Plans Exist Under Tribal Law?
Indian Law Newsletter
Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law
Kristi Favard is Sapphire Legal's founder and managing member. She has 14 years of experience practicing employment and construction law, primarily as a litigator. In addition to litigation, Kristi drafts and negotiates contracts and other agreements.
Prior to opening Sapphire Legal, Kristi was a partner at major Seattle and Everett law firms. She has been voted a Rising Star by Super Lawyers for the majority of her career. She has a proven record of years of experience and success in her industry-focused practice areas, including construction and real estate, employment law, ERISA cases involving life, health, and disability insurance claims, and general civil litigation.
Kristi is a top rated attorney in construction law and litigation. She has represented general contractors, subcontractors, materialmen and suppliers, laborers, owners, and developers. She handles breach of contract, negligence, fraud, and consumer protection act cases, boundary line disputes, zoning issues, eminent domain, and collection matters.
She also gives employment advice and drafts employment and severance agreements, policies, non-competes, and other employment related agreements for employers and employees. She litigates employment cases as well, including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, hostile work environment, wrongful termination, and FMLA and ADA leave and accomodation issues, and wage and hour claims.
In life, health, and disability cases, Kristi previously represented the insurer and employer. However, after wrongfully being denied her own disability insurance benefits in 2015, and appealing and winning that decision, Kristi has added employee representation to her practice and will no longer defend insurers. She is dedicated to helping others get the insurance benefits they paid for and deserve!
Kristi litigates in other areas as well. She has represented parties in partnership disputes, copyright infringement, consumer rights, negligence, interference in business relationships and the like. Her abilities as a litigator help her handle almost any type of civil lawsuit with the utmost confidence.
Kristi has recently added child custody modifications to her practice. In 2017, she handled a matter pro bono for a father seeking a modification of custody so he could remove his daughter from a domestic violence situation involving her mother. The case is ongoing, but Kristi was able to win at an adequate cause hearing and obtain a temporary parenting plan awarding custody to the father. Kristi was an excellent advocate and was passionate about the matter, compelling her desire to handle more custody cases, particularly modification.
Kristi's practice areas are extremely focused requiring in-depth industry knowledge and experience. She has the experience, skills, knowledge, and insight to provide excellence to her clients and represent them well.
On a personal level, Kristi takes pride in being very responsive to her clients and giving them the best value for legal services. Having come from a modest background, she appreciates that not everyone can afford an attorney and she works with her clients to ensure that they have access to the court system. She offers her services at reasonable rates, takes some cases on contingency, and volunteers her time with various non-profits to provide access to justice.
Kristi values drive and perserverance, which she demonstrates in representation of her clients. Anyone who has seen her in action will agree that she has a passion for law and belongs in the courtroom. Kristi demonstrates humility, understanding, and compassion with her clients while also being aggressive for their cause. She is a quick study and easily grasps complex issues, which she presents in a straight-forward manner.
Kristi is kind, understanding and professional, yet she is also an aggressive litigator that will not back down. She zealously advocates for her clients and is driven to provide the best results. Kristi works extremely hard and spends countless unbilled hours thinking and strategizing. Her clients are often amazed at her recall of the facts of their case often telling her that it is as if she lived it herself.
While Kristi is a strong advocate for her clients, she is also transparent and honest. She will not tell you that your case is great if it is not. She also will not pursue a matter just to make money. Instead, she provides an honest evaluation and offers solutions for resolving problems. She is a strategist with the knowledge and experience to provide her clients with the best legal representation possible to meet their goals.
Kristi was born in Montana, which the firm is named for, and raised there until she was ten. Her family then moved to eastern Washington where she grew up.
She comes from a family of hard workers. Her maternal grandfather only had an 8th grade education but was a hard working and very successful rancher. Her grandmother was a farm wife and homemaker. She was likely the hardest worker on the entire ranch. Kristi's paternal grandfather worked on a county roadcrew for a desolate county in eastern Montana. Her grandmother owned her own shoe repair shop, ran the senior citizen center, and was the county Justice of the Peace (though not a lawyer). She always claimed that she was "the original Judge Judy."
Kristi had a very close and special relationship with her Grandma, who was a strong woman with tenacity, yet caring and gentle at the same time. Kristi often went to work with her Grandma at the Courthouse when she was little and was babysat in the Clerk's office while her Grandma heard cases. She recalls one day in particular when she heard her Grandmother’s raised voice (through two closed doors) giving a Defendant an earful. She was in awe of her Grandma’s passion and strength when up against a big burly man, especially since her Grandma was only about five feet tall. That may have been the moment that Kristi realized she wanted to be a lawyer.
Kristi and her family live in the Silver Firs neighborhood in South Everett near Mill Creek where they also run a construction business. She has an adult son and daughter, a 14-year-old son, and a 9-year-old daughter.
Kristi is proud to offer legal services in her community and looks forward to working with you. She may be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone at 425.322.2848.